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How to play Aces with a short stack - Tue Aug 14, 2012, 11:55 AM
dannyb198888's Avatar
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 94
Should I have shoved all in straight away, or play it the way I did?

This was a 27-man, $1.50 SnG. The player limping in had stats of around 20/16/5 over around 90 hands.


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Tue Aug 14, 2012, 01:28 PM
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Since: Nov 2010
Posts: 55
11 BB deep I'm shoving.
Tue Aug 14, 2012, 03:06 PM
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Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,832
Hi dannyb198888!

What type of tourney is this? The reason that I ask is that you will get two totally different answers based on whether or not it is a cash tourney or a league game.

In a cash tourney, with AA and a limper in front of me, I would normally make my std raise for this blind level, to 2.5BB+1BB for each limper, which is to 700. However, this puts me at the committment point. If I'm going to be committed to a hand preflop, AA is the best hand to have of all of them, so I'm going to shove preflop. I want to make any opp that wants to try and outdraw me pay the maximum price, before they can see that they may hit a part of the board.

If this is a league game, then it's an entirely different situation, as I'm most likely not far enough into the tourney to get a + point outcome from it if I bust. Due to this, I'm going to play the hand much more cautiously.

Preflop, I will make my standard raise (2.5BB+1BB for each limper), to 700.

I flop top set, but there is a flush AND straight draw. When the opp checks to me, I have two choices. I can either check behind for pot control or I can bet to price the opp out of any of their draws. If I bet, I have to bet at least 2/3 pot (1k) to make the opp have a -EV draw if they have a flush/straight combo draw... the worst case scenario.
Any bet lower than 1k would give the opp a +EV draw and since I'm the one building the pot.. I give the opp a higher expected win from the hand... something that I do not want to do.

Here is where a read on the opp would come into play for me.
If the opp is likely to fold to a bet, then I'l make the bet to price them out. If the opp is a calling station, then i'm going to check behind and hope to improve on the turn. Yes, they could outdraw me, but I don't want to risk a negative league point total when I may not have the best hand.
Since the opp looks like a calling station, I'm checking the flop and re-evaluating on the turn.

The turn is a jackpot card for me and regardless of what the opp does, any chips that I have left are going in on the turn. If the opp has KK.. so be it, I'll take my chances, especially since KK should raise preflop and this opp did not.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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